Ripple Effect 55: Positive Externalities

Colter DeVries – Ranch Investor Podcast, Professional Ranch Management, Broker MT WY CO – talks us through land use transitions in the Western United States and the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ranching communities. Colter also talks about the future of tokenization of Ranch Properties and the potential for block-chain technologies to play a…

Ripple Effect 54: Insightful Perspectives

Pulling from their decades of experience, David Pilz and Andrew Purkey of AMP Insights, provide a brass tacks discussion about what is needed to translate interest into a successful local water market. We cover the basic considerations, conditions, and context AMP Insights uses to assess partner goals, local market activity, and drivers when designing impactful…

Ripple Effect 53: LEEDing the Way

Emily E. Lewis has a great discussion about what is, what can be, and what is next! Whitney Ward, Principal at VCBO Architecture, walks us through the LEED Certification process and how our built environment impacts our water footprint. They dive into specific ways society can design buildings that are both functional and make the…

Ripple Effect 52: Cloud Seeding with Charles

Charles Holmgren of Holmgren Farms Inc. (and many other hats) talks about his experience in participating in the State of Utah’s cloud seeding program. A good discussion about the real world impacts and experiences with weather modification.

Ripple Effect 51: Quick Trip Down Under Then Back to the Blockchain

Fraser McLeod, general water guru, provides a riveting discussion of how the Murray-Darling Basin approached their water scarcity issues and created one of the world’s most developed water markets. For the second half of the discussion Fraser talks through his most recent venture, WaterLedger, as a blockchain tool for facilitating water market activity. Great discussion…

Ripple Effect 50: Drought Triage

Kelly Kopp, Professor and Extension Specialist in the Plants, Soils & Climate department at Utah State University, shares her extensive knowledge about landscape water conservation and water-wise plants and practices. The discussion runs the gambit from cutting edge research into drought tolerant turf grass and landscape ecosystem services to what you can do right now…

Ripple Effect 48: Resilience Through Groundwater Banking

James Bodnar, Water Transfers and Exchanges Program Manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, breaks down Metro’s innovative use of groundwater banking to provide urban resiliency in times of drought. A great discussion about the need for collaborative and creative efforts between agricultural and urban communities. This is a template to explore and…

Ripple Effect 47: Reflections

A year after the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Emily sits down with Laura Briefer, Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, for a look back over 2020. Laura provides some great insights on lessons learned, surprising discoveries, and a stronger path forward for Salt Lake City utilities.

Ripple Effect 46: Useful Assets

A fantastic talk with Alex Loucopoulos of Sciens Capital Management LLC, an alternative asset management firm. Alex breaks down the need for capital investment in mid-level water infrastructure and projects. This is a great look at how a private ownership model can address critical water needs.